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17 Tech Terms That Have A Different Meaning To Your Parents

Mom, you don't need to sign your texts.

Posted on November 26, 2014, at 4:50 p.m. ET

1. "Inkjet printer"

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What it usually means: Office equipment for printing documents, usually in black and white but sometimes color.

What it means to your parents: A thing to print out photos, on regular paper.

2. "Tech support"

What it usually means: A customer service representative who provides assistance with both hardware and software.


What it means to your parents:
You.

3. "Hackers"

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What it usually means: People who break into government or corporate online systems for political reasons, fun, or profit.

What it means to your parents: The sender of every potential email and link.

4. "Internet Explorer"

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What it usually means: A browser that has fallen out of favor in the past few years.

What it means to your parents: The only way to access the internet, preferably in IE6.

5. "Autocorrect"

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What it usually means: A helpful way of making touchscreen typing more accurate.


What it means to your parents:
A tool of Satan.

6. "Cloud storage"

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What it usually means: A way of storing digital files remotely, to make them easily accessible from multiple devices.

What it means to your parents: AN UNKNOWABLE MYSTERY; A VAPOR THAT FLOWS OUT THROUGH THE CAVE OF KNOWLEDGE BUT CAN NEVER BE HELD BY HUMAN HANDS.

7. "Security alert"

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What is usually means: Something's temporarily off with the site you're trying to access. No deal, click to proceed.

What it means to your parents: Mom, chill, it's fine. Please stop screaming. No, hackers aren't attacking you, you do not need to change your ATM pin.

8. "Password"

What it usually means: A complicated code that can't be easily guessed.

What it means to your parents: Your birthday.

9. "FWD:"

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What it usually means: Passing along the contents of an email to a third party.

What it means to your parents: The primary way your mother communicates with her friends.

10. "Copy & paste"

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What it usually mean: A shortcut to moving chunks of text.

What it means to your parents: That fucking thing that keeps fucking everything up.

11. "Emoji"

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What is usually means: A playful unicode character system popular in text messaging.

What it means to your parents: Undecipherable glyphs from an advanced civilization.

12. "Subtweet"

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What it usually means: Talking about a person on Twitter without using their handle or name, typically in a mean or gossiping way.

What it means to your parents: Discussing your aunt.

13. "WiFi network"

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What it usually means: A secure wireless internet connection.

What it means to your parent: The thing you set up for them 4 years ago and they haven't changed.

14. The U2 album automatically installed into iTunes

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What is usually means: A marketing tactic many people felt went too far and was invasive.

What it means to your dad: Awesome! Free U2 album! Love Bono and the boys!

15. "Spyware"

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What it usually means: Software that tracks data from your computer without your knowledge.

What it means to your parents: Literally every link.

16. "Text message"

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What it usually means: A quick, informal way of messaging.

What it means to your parents: A message that they need to sign their name to.

17. "Email"

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What it usually means: Gmail.

What it means to your parents: Aol.

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